What To Do When You’re Made Redundant by Jason Snell
This month’s sector focus is on the Manufacturing Industry. Times are tough out there so we thought we’d offer some guidance for those of you who may have recently found yourself out of work in a sector that is in decline.
I’m sure you’re aware of the huge job cuts that the manufacturing industry has been facing in recent times. Just last month Toyota announced they were making 350 people redundant and there are undoubtedly more job cuts to come throughout the industry. Many organisations are tightening their belts and shedding staff. Even Qantas is set to lay off up to 500 people today in its maintenance division.
So, you’ve been retrenched from your role…what now? For those in the manufacturing industry in Australia the chances of getting another job in manufacturing are not great. It is simply too hard to compete with Asian manufacturers, particularly when the Australian dollar is so high. While it may seem at the time that you are directionless and in a bit of trouble, there are a number of options you have, and many people and places you can turn to for assistance and guidance.
Here are some of my tips for how to explore these options.
1. Speak with the HR manager of the company that you’ve been made redundant from.
They are generally highly skilled in the area of redundancy and will offer you valuable recommendations and tips. You might even be offered a group outplacement session through your former employer. While a lot of people feel disenchanted with the company and don’t go to these sessions, you should, they offer excellent information about the steps ahead.
2 . Go to your local Centrelink or have a look at their website.
If money is an issue now that you’re temporarily unemployed, they offer a number of financial services that can help you get by until you find employment again. On top of this, they can offer career advice and good industry links to help you get back into the workforce.
3. Upskill yourself.
Investigate your options in regard to University, TAFE and the CAE to learn new skills that will make you more employable. Companies want their staff to be as productive as possible, so if you have skills that make you more productive than the next person you’ll be in a better position to secure a new role.
4. Update your CV.
Chances are you haven’t had to prepare a CV in a while . If you’ve never done this before, or just need a few refresher tips, there are some valuable online CV guides. Here are two that I particularly like.
Whatever you do, be proactive about your career. While it may not seem immediately obvious, you have been given an opportunity to take a break and reassess your career goals. Take a minute to figure out exactly what you want to do, and set out a plan to achieve these goals.